My sunburnt skin is peeling and flaking like nobody's business, it ain't a pretty sight. If only I weren't so careless during the boating trip. Then again, I blame it on the choppy sea. I tend to forget that I am prone to seasickness until I'm out at sea. The smell of diesel makes my stomach churn, then there's no turning back. Those who don't suffer from motion sickness will never understand how suffering it is.
Look in the horizon. Lie down. Sit outside. Think positive thoughts... I've heard them all. But when the head is spinning and you're throwing up your breakfast, nothing really matters. So, for hours, I laid on the deck, too sick to care about the burning sun or sea water splashing on me. Needless to say, the aftermath isn't pretty. It will take months for the skin to repair and look normal again.
Still I am thankful we didn't get any sandfly bites this time. These tiny flies love lurking on the beaches and their sting can haunt you long after your vacation is over. One time, I returned home after a beach holiday with 50 bites all over my body. Not only did I look hideous for weeks, the incredible itch kept me awake at night. While I remember the pristine white beaches, I'm afraid I remember the sandflies more.
What can be worse than sunburn or insect bites? Chapped lips and scaly skin. Traveling to temperate places has its perils too. Just one week in a cold, dry place will turn me into a scaly lizard regardless of how much lotion I slap on. I'll itch and scratch like a monkey for months, and swear I will not visit cold wintry places ever again.
But as soon as my skin regains its lustre again, I will forget about the motion-sickness, peeling lips or sandfly bites. I'll be ready for my next vacation to anywhere. Doesn't matter where...